RIL commissions world’s largest gas cracker complex

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on January 02, 2018

Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries,

Uses off-gases from the company’s two refineries at Jamnagar as feedstock

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has commissioned the world’s largest Refinery Off-Gas Cracker (ROGC) complex of 1.5 mtpa capacity along with downstream plants and utilities.

The ROGC complex is a core component of RIL’s J3 project at its integrated refinery-petrochemicals complex at Jamnagar. This is one of the largest capital expenditure programme globally in the sector in recent times.

The ROGC complex has a unique configuration as it uses off-gases from RIL’s two refineries at Jamnagar as feedstock. This approach of integration with refineries provides a sustainable cost advantage, making ROGC competitive with respect to the crackers in West Asia and North America which have feedstock cost advantage.

ROGC is the latest addition to RIL’s existing cracker portfolio consisting of cracker facilities at Nagothane in Maharashtra and Hazira, Dahej and Vadodara in Gujarat.

Ethylene plants

There are nearly 270 ethylene plants globally with a combined capacity of over 170 mtpa. RIL’s combined ethylene capacity is now close to 4 mtpa at five of its manufacturing sites.

Ethylene from ROGC is used in downstream plants to produce Mono-Ethylene Glycol (MEG) and Polyethylene (LLDPE and LDPE).

Similarly, propylene from ROGC has enhanced output of the existing polypropylene (PP) plants at Jamnagar complex to produce high value co-polymers.

Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, said: “The world’s first ROGC and downstream plants marks a paradigm shift in the profitability and sustainability of RIL’s petrochemicals business.

“The ROGC complex is built on our core philosophy of deep feedstock integration to establish industry leading cost and efficiency benchmarks.”

Published on January 02, 2018
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor